Candidate is dedicated to serving the city
We’ve remained friends ever since, and I couldn’t be prouder or happier for my adopted hometown that Anne is running to serve us all on the Thousand Oaks City Council. I’ve watched Anne spend countless hours working in and advocating for our community, its citizens and its students, all while raising two extraordinary children of her own.
She’s always been eager to put in the difficult work needed to improve our lives and our surroundings, running parent groups and volunteering with seniors and our neediest residents, and leading organizations dedicated to preserving our city’s open spaces and natural beauty.
I’ve witnessed her singular passion for Thousand Oaks and for forward-looking leadership in her quest to strike the right balance between economic and environmental concerns in redeveloping Thousand Oaks Boulevard.
She knows we must innovate to make our city more appealing to young people—including our own children as they become adults—and she also knows that we must preserve the gorgeous surroundings, terrific education system and civic pride that have drawn so many of us here already.
Anne herself is a great example, and source, of that pride.
I’ve rarely seen anyone so sincerely dedicated to her community, and that focus will make her a great addition to a city council that too often seems to reflect agendas and ambitions that aren’t the people’s priorities.
Another candidate in this year’s race recently suggested that, after choosing one of the other two (very different) incumbents, voters should make him their second choice. Well, forget that.
Anne is my first choice for City Council, and she should be yours, too. Having seen her in action for over a decade, I know she’ll provide smart, common-sense leadership that puts our community first.
no to incumbents cvusd
District trustees need to reach out to public
Over the last eight years of the Buckles and Connolly administration, we have been treated to a long litany of controversies: school closures, charter schools being voted down by the board, the Panther Prowler controversy, the Conti family matter, a few public apologies from Buckles after admittedly spreading inappropriate information/ gossip and now the Conejo Valley Learning Center debacle.
The history books have been opened because of the Conejo Valley Learning Center situation. Social media has provided a platform for more of the community to be informed, engaged and aligned in following the #SaveCarden and #SaveHorizonHills outcries.
You can see it all on the internet. The one constant throughout all this has been a steadfast unwillingness of these two elected officials to listen to input from the public.
They have intentionally voted before hearing public comments. They have limited public comments. They have treated public petitions with disdain.
They continue to engage in partisan sniping. And Connolly and Buckles have refused to acknowledge legitimate concerns when raised by public speakers.
Betsy Connolly, from her Twitter, even goes so far as to reprimand the public for clapping during school board meetings, reminding them it is their job to “curry favor with elected,” when she herself claps when excited from the board seat above.
They are not listening to their community.
It seems to me that none of these controversies I’ve listed would have spun out of control like they did if the school board did a better job of reaching out to the community and genuinely caring about public concerns.
Empathy and professionalism can go a long way, and over the past eight years this board has underperformed. Watch it for yourself
Parents deserve to be heard in the district Angie Simpson
Angie’s letter last week brought up a great point. How can we live in one of America’s most desirable cities with a district that isn’t recognized as a top performer? Our children deserve better, and parents should have more of a voice.
What is best for our community is not partisan politics. Our community is tired of the polarized antics of the incumbents. We need a CVUSD board member who will listen and represent the community regardless of their political affiliation.
Angie Simpson has the right balance of compassion, intelligence and courage. Her collaborative vision will lead our children to their greatest potential.
Angie was a teacher in CVUSD, teaching at both Westlake and Thousand Oaks high schools. In addition to being an All-American athlete, Angie has a master’s degree from USC and works locally for Amgen.
More than that, she is a mother, wife, longtime resident, community leader and champion for the Conejo Valley.
Please join us and vote for Angie Simpson for school board.
Candidate’s qualities would benefit CVUSD Julie CVUSD
With all due respect to past and present board members, I believe it’s time for a new team member, a refreshing, invigorating and forward-thinking presence on the board.
To parents with children in Conejo Valley Unified, there’s nothing more important than their education and well-being, and Julie Freedman shares these values and priorities and cares tremendously for children’s success both academically and socially.
The Conejo Valley needs a board member with considerable experience in, and firsthand knowledge of, the local schools and PTA.
From elementary classrooms to middle and high school, Julie has dedicated countless hours and computer expertise to classrooms, teachers, fundraising events, talent and fashion shows, science olympiads, school site councils and outreach committees, as well as to PTA leadership.
She’s had considerable involvement in local youth organizations, including Newbury Park Girls Softball, Newbury Park Basketball, AYSO and the Miller Family Y.
Julie was raised in a family of educators; her mother and father are both teachers.
Her professional experience includes management and extensive background in IT, HR and accounting, where she has worked with business plans, budgets and short and long-term business goals.
Without a doubt, Julie has my support and vote, and can be trusted to deliver intelligent, thoughtful, strategic and committed ideas and results to CVUSD.
Buckles and Connolly care for all CVUSD kids
Experience, intelligence and, above all, care and concern for all of the children of the Conejo Valley has been the hallmark of their service on the school board.
They have my utmost respect and admiration for all they do as dedicated school board members.
They will have my votes in November and my support in their next terms on the board.
School board hopeful is ready for change Julie Freedman
For the last four years I’ve watched Julie volunteer endless hours, rally participation and inspire so many around her. It may as well have been her full-time job. Talent shows, fundraisers, new events, local events, whatever she could do she did to help our kids and schools.
It’s not an easy task with three kids of her own, but Julie’s spirit and organization makes her a shining star in my eyes. She has brought so much to our Newbury Park schools and always goes beyond the call of duty.
Kids always come first for Julie and I believe that she is running to make sure that CVUSD schools are preparing kids for the future that awaits them.
One of the unique things about Julie is she has lived and traveled abroad. This world view enables her to understand diverse cultures and what it takes to be ready for a rapidly changing world.
She understands our kids must be college/career ready while helping guide them to become good “digital citizens.”
Julie Freedman is a candidate who has a pulse on today, an understanding of the global world around her and strong community and family values.
Please join me and support Julie Freedman for school board.
Everett is devoted to helping children
A few years ago my son was in Cub Scouts along with Sandee’s youngest boy. This is where I met Sandee and the Everett family.
Sandee and I both became den leaders. Working together on a weekly basis along with many other wonderful leaders in the organization, we had fun teaching and encouraging the children to learn about good citizenship, character development and leadership, nature and conservation, the importance of education and much more.
I enjoyed the time I worked with Sandee in the Cub Scouts.
What I was impressed with each time we met was that she is very dependable, well-organized, a friend to everyone and most of all, she enjoyed working with the children and our community.